The Keeper of Lost Causes: A Danish Crime Fiction

The Keeper of Lost Causes: A Danish Crime Fiction

So, the rumor is right. Scandinavian thriller is great. The Keeper of Lost Causes is crime fiction from Denmark. Reads like Stieg Larsson book. (And the publisher knows this, as you can see from its cover design…) I don’t read many…

GENOME: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

GENOME: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

A great introduction to the world of DNA. Some chapters are especially interesting, sometimes even scary… As I assumed, there are a lot of ethical questions raised, perhaps more than scientific description. Genome is like recipe for human body and…

The Sirens of Titan

The Sirens of Titan

Mankind, ignorant of the truths that lie within every human being, looked outward–pushed ever outward. What a story. I don’t think we will be finding out the answer for the meaning of our lives anytime soon. If there is, probably…

Tanned Books: Books Want to be Read

Tanned Books: Books Want to be Read

It’d be like you having this guitar, and never playing it. Okay? This guitar wants to be played! And this bike wants to be ridden. And if you don’t ride it, you’re killing its spirit! The bike is dying. –…

Guns, Germs, And Steel: A Short History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years

Guns, Germs, And Steel: A Short History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years

Why is it that you white people developed so much cargo and brought it to New Guinea, but we black people had little cargo of our own? – Yali, a New Guinean politician I admit I had never asked that…

Aleph

Aleph

Aleph is based on Coelho’s travel on Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok. The story can be read as travel story, obviously, but you would be disappointed if you expect traditional travel book. The real theme seems to be reincarnation…

How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne

How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne

I’ve heard his name once in Eric Hoffer book. Didn’t think much back then, and honestly I had forgotten about him for long time. One day I saw this book on sale, and picked it up without much thinking. Title…

The $100 Startup

The $100 Startup

The new reality is that working at a job may be the far riskier choice. Instead, take the safe road and go out on your own. – Chris Guillebeau A bold statement! But reading this book will make it sound…

Siddhartha: Classical Spiritual Journey

Siddhartha: Classical Spiritual Journey

Siddhartha is a story of a young man who gave up earthly life to seek spiritual truth. (From this description, I naively thought this was Hesse’s version of Buddha’s life story.) There must be hundreds of modern version of similar…

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

This was a tough book. It started easy, and I almost thought it was another easy travel book with SOME philosophical inquiries. Then, philosophy took it over. Completely… I had to read slowly, take break often for some contemplation, and be…